Mail Order Murder

Ready for our next and final Christmas mystery? Here we go!

Mail Order Murder [also known as Mistletoe Murder] (Lucy Stone Mystery #1) by Leslie Meir

Thoughts before reading:

So a couple of years back I was at a library sale and they were doing a whole brown bag full of whatever for $1.00. I picked up all kinds of book, one of which was Lucy Stone #3 Trick or Treat Murder.

 

I read it and hated it, vowing to never read another one of the books again.

Then I picked up this book at the library

I loved the Lucy Stone MysteryCandy Canes of Christmas Past, as it was the perfect blend of a Christmas story, a family trying to get things together, and a mystery. It was fantastic and I absolutely adored it. It convinced me to try again.

Here we go again…

Plot Synopsis

Lucy Stone is working double time for Christmas. Besides all her normal homemaking duties, planning for Christmas, and family events-she works at night at the mail-order company, Country Cousins.

One night she is taking some air, and as she is walking hears a strange noise outside. When she goes to investigate it, she finds Sam Miller, owner of Country Cousins dead!

What?!

As she continues to work and prepare for Christmas, she decides to try her hand at sleuthing-even going as far as putting an ad in a newspaper to see who killed Sam.

Will this be a Christmas to remember? Or will it a Christmas in which the present is death?

Thoughts After Reading:

I hated it.

Ugh!

Lucy does like zero real investigating “falling into” the answer more than anything else. And the way it ends? Blah.

Hated it and I am not looking forward to reading the rest of the series. It was boring, bland, and I give it one star. Plus Lucy does a lot of stupid things in this book. Most definitely not a real detective or does any detective work.

The mystery moves so slooooooooooooowly. It really is just about Lucy’s holiday drama until the last few pages where everything is solved in a few moments.

For more Lucy Stone Mysteries, go to Candy Canes of Christmas Past

For more Christmas mysteries, go to Death by Desire

For more mystery reviews, go to Wuthering Heights

This Pen for Hire

I wonder if  the same thing happens when you spell it Jaine Austen, because if it is then this author has killed 16.5 of them.

No wonder dating is do hard these days.

But enough joshing. Before we get to the review let’s take a moment and address the day:

Happy Valentine’s Day

Whether you love it or hate it, I hope you have fantastic day.

Now on to the review:

This Pen for Hire (Jaine Austen Mystery #1) by Laura Levine

Thoughts Before Reading:

I have read a few of the Jaine Austen Mysteries, really only the ones that are a part of the three Christmas stories involving the Hannah Swensen Mysteries and the Lucy Stone Mysteries. And what did I think of them?

I thought the ones I read were horrible and that the character of Jaime Austen was awful and badly written. I couldn’t stand it:

Another thing that really bothers me is that the author named her character Jaine Austen but she has nothing to do with Jane Austen. It isn’t a remake of her her works, Jaine isn’t a fan of Jane, etc. Nothing in similar except that they are both writers, but as Jane Austen was amazing, Jaine is just a hack.

I just don’t get it.

Plot Synopsis:

Jaine Austen is a freelance writer and does everything from resumes, to personal ads, to jingle, etc. Whatever comes her way she takes on.

However, her newest client has asked for something far different and harder to write-love letters. Geeky Howard Murdoch is in love with the blonde, vivacious, and ambitious aerobics instructor, Stacy Lawrence.

Jaine takes the challenge, and through some careful wording and suggestion she actually manages to help Howard score Stacy. They have a date planned for Valentine’s Day.

Yay!

However, this fairy tale story ends horribly when Howard goes to pick Stacy up and finds her bludgeoned to death by her thigh master, with Howard looking to be the prime suspect.

Jaine is shocked and horrified that her letter, and half truths in it, has implicated Howard and destroyed his credibility. She decides to search for the real killer. This won’t be easy when it turns out that Stacey is hated by practically everyone she’s come across.

Thoughts After Reading:

I HATED IT! Why did I waste my time reading it?

It was horrible! A boring story, an unintelligent character, just disappointing and a total yawn.

How could this author have been a writer for Three’s Company and The Love Boat? This book was horrid.

They make the cops incredibly stupid as well. I mean really? They think Howard killed her and he barely knows her? He isn’t even that strong! And when he has no motive but every one else who is in her life does?

Jaine gets involved with a guy and asks for his alibi, and that’s that. Really? He could be lying! You are so stupid and a horrible investigator.

For more Valentine’s Day posts, go to The Cat Who Could Read Backwards

For more mysteries with love letters, go to Paper Roses

For more mysteries, go to Larceny and Old Lace

Candy Canes of Christmas Past

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Ready for the next Christmas mystery? Here you go!

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Candy Canes of Christmas Past (Lucy Stone #0.5) by Leslie Meier

So a couple of years back I was at a library sale and they were doing a whole brown bag full of whatever for $1.00. I picked up all kinds of book, one of which was Lucy Stone #3 Trick or Treat Murder. 

I read it and hated it, vowing to never read another one of the books again.

Then I picked up this book at the library

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I didn’t have anything to read and was waiting for some people so I started reading it. I loved this mystery as it was the perfect blend of Christmas story, a family trying to get things together, and a mystery. It was perfect and I absolutely adored it.

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The story was compelling as the reader is caught up in trying to find out how the Stone family will make it through Christmas in a dilapidated house, with barely any money, and no oven for Christmas dinner!

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As Lucy is trying to settle in the new town and meet people, she befriends the town librarian and is told of her mother’s mysterious death.

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Lucy is on the case to investigate a mystery in retrospect, find her place in the town, and figure out what to do about Christmas and Christmas dinner.

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Thoughts After Reading:

So many authors try to blend a story of a small town community with a murder mystery and fail. This one gets it right.

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If I could buy a copy of this book on its own I would as I just loved it. It may become a new tradition for me to read every year around the holidays. You should check it out!

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For more Christmas Mysteries, go to Sugar Cookie Murder

For more stay at home moms who try a hand at investigating, go to The Barter

For more reviews, go to Sinister Sprinkles